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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Do you know how to make the flowers on this dress (wedding)? on: July 06, 2008 12:50:05 PM
So I got engaged over the holiday weekend and decided that I'm going to make my own dress. I really like http://www.brides.com/fashion/dresses/gallery/wedding_dresses/runway/designer/angelsanchez/detail/172635?offset=7, but the top is too short to look good on me and I don't like how the bottom back clumps together. I'm going to use a slightly different and more flattering (on me) pattern, but I have some questions about the parts of this one I want to use.

So, my questions are:
(1) Does anyone know how to make those flowers at the bottom? At least I think they're flowers. Regardless of whether they are or not, I want mine to be.
(2) How can I make the see through part (I can never remember names of fabrics I don't generally use!) float away like that? Is it just up because the flowers or shapes are pushing the fabric up? Do you think it's a larger version of the under part (technical word here), a different shape or the exact same but looks different because of the detail treatment?
(3) I don't want a train. Any design ideas about finishing the back?

I've been sewing since I was a child but all my stuff is very clean and simple, so all this extra fabric is freaking me out!!!
2  Illinois / Illinois: North / Knitting Expo THIS WEEKEND!!! on: August 09, 2007 12:05:50 PM
I didn't see it anywhere else on Craftster (if I missed it, sorry for the repeat!), but I just saw a coupon in the Red Eye for $2 off admission for every person in your group at a knitting expo this weekend in Rosemont (basically O'Hare). They even have free lessons for three different skill levels. There's also a ton of other sessions by individuals. If you don't have access to the Red Eye coupon, it says you can buy tickets online using code 2007REDTHU. If for some reason that doesn't work, stop at pretty much any main street intersection in Chicago or at any L stop. They're free. There's a schedule on their website. Here's info below! Hope to see you there!~

STITCHES Midwest Knitting Expo
"More yarn, needles, books & supplies than you've EVER seen; FREE special events; 1-HOUR market sessions; and MORE!"

August 10-12, 2007
Donald E. Stephens Convention Center
Rosemont, IL.

Friday & Saturday, 10am-6pm
Sunday 10am-4pm

oh, and just in case, no, I'm not affiliated... I've just been wanting to learn to knit. This looked like a great opportunity to do so and I wanted to share!!!
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Air Conditioning Frame? on: June 26, 2007 12:09:03 AM
Urgh! It's so hot and I'm just staring at the air conditioner that has been sitting below my window for months. It's my first A/C and I know I can just stick it in and bolt it down but I'm terrified I'm going to drop it out of my window and kill somebody (I'm on the 4th floor). A friend of a friend said that he made a frame for his and not only is it working perfectly, he didn't have to put any holes in the window frame or the side of the building. Unfortunately he has been really busy and hasn't been responding lately, so I know it's possible but I don't know how to even imagine making it!

I can't find any examples on craftster or online. Any suggestions on how it could be done? Thanks so much! I can't wait to stop sweating all the time!
4  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Shot Glass Display on: June 19, 2007 10:51:28 PM
I have a ton of shot glasses but now that I'm getting a kitten I want them off my bookshelf... don't want the kitten to knock them over and cut my feet! I don't like the look of the regular shot glass displays but can't figure out how to display them otherwise. They need to be displayed either high on the wall or enclosed somehow but because I'm a renter I don't want to put too many holes in the wall. I was thinking about displaying them individually but I'm open to imaginative display or new uses as well. Thanks!  Grin
5  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Introduce Yourself / A Big Hello from the Windy City on: June 17, 2007 10:06:46 AM
Hi! My user name is mi-mi-mia! I'm a grad student and have been living in Chicago for the past two years but have been crafting since I can remember. I typically make jewelry and especially love coraling size 15 seed beads. I also sew sometimes (made my HS prom dress many ... years... ago. Talk about a puffy dress!). I love to draw so I may eventually post some of those pieces on here. After lurking on craftster for several weeks and spending many a night past my bedtime staring at the screen I have become interested in other crafts as well, such as using resin or polymer clay, taking my old clothing and finding new uses, making shoes more creative (already ruined one of those projects!), stenciling, and pretty much everything else I see. This seems like such a welcoming and positive community. I can't wait to be a part of it!
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